Automation Anywhere vs. Control-M

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Automation Anywhere
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Automation Anywhere, headquartered in San Jose, California, offers their robotic process automation (RPA) software.
$750
per month
Control-M
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Control-M from BMC is a platform for integrating, automating, and orchestrating application and data workflows in production across complex hybrid technology ecosystems. It provides deep operational capabilities, delivering speed, scale, security, and governance.N/A
Pricing
Automation AnywhereControl-M
Editions & Modules
Cloud-Only Starter Pack
$750
per month
Advanced Pack (Cloud or On-Premises)
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On-Premise
Contact Sales
SaaS
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Automation AnywhereControl-M
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Automation AnywhereControl-M
Considered Both Products
Automation Anywhere

No answer on this topic

Control-M
Chose Control-M
  • Simplicity and good user experience.
  • Ability to scale and process large amounts of jobs without affecting the user experience.
  • For the large number of Jobs palettes and the ease of designing new Job Types.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Automation AnywhereControl-M
Workload Automation
Comparison of Workload Automation features of Product A and Product B
Automation Anywhere
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Ratings
Control-M
8.8
58 Ratings
7% above category average
Multi-platform scheduling00 Ratings9.857 Ratings
Central monitoring00 Ratings9.956 Ratings
Logging00 Ratings9.657 Ratings
Alerts and notifications00 Ratings9.758 Ratings
Analysis and visualization00 Ratings3.855 Ratings
Application integration00 Ratings9.855 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Automation AnywhereControl-M
Small Businesses
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Score 8.4 out of 10

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SAP Extension Suite (discontinued)
SAP Extension Suite (discontinued)
Score 8.3 out of 10
Apache Airflow
Apache Airflow
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
SAP Build
SAP Build
Score 8.6 out of 10
Redwood RunMyJobs
Redwood RunMyJobs
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Automation AnywhereControl-M
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(48 ratings)
9.8
(58 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.7
(2 ratings)
7.4
(7 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(4 ratings)
8.1
(12 ratings)
Availability
8.0
(1 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.8
(8 ratings)
9.1
(8 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.3
(5 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Automation AnywhereControl-M
Likelihood to Recommend
Automation Anywhere
Automation Anywhere is well suited for automating repetitive or complex tasks that can be performed on a timeline such as data processing, data extraction, and file transfers. Automation Anywhere also has capabilities for integration with legacy applications and APIs to automate more complex data flows. Automation Anywhere is also ideal for automating document processing, form filling and other web activities since it has both image recognition and image-based automation capabilities.

On the other hand, Automation Anywhere is less appropriate for tasks requiring high levels of system intelligence such as machine learning or natural language processing as these require different types of technology. Additionally, if a task requires manual elements such as validations or reviews then Automation Anywhere may not be the most suitable solution either. It can be possible to set up automated validations but that might not always result in an ideal solution due to its limitations.
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BMC Software Inc.
Control-M is well suited for complex hybrid environments that contain many different platforms. It can handle several other scripts and has many different plugins that make the application more flexible. It can be used on-premises, in the cloud, or various scenarios. It is reliable and has been a leader in the scheduler space for several decades.
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Pros
Automation Anywhere
  • Now I easily generate the invoices and quotation generation is an easy task now. Previously it was very time consuming as we have to drag the data from the excel sheets.
  • I will praise its integration with other software that has facilitated us to make amendments in the data across those platforms.
  • Its interface is very easy and user friendly.
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BMC Software Inc.
  • Control-M provides a single, centralized interface for monitoring and managing all batch processes in the organization. Nothing is hidden or left unattended in a timely manner.
  • The proper use of the BIM component has allowed the change of paradigm in the operation, adopting a proactive management instead of the typical reactive management in the event of production failures.
  • The use of Forecast and production simulations allows you to identify bottlenecks and focus first on managing those failures that have the greatest impact on production SLAs.
  • Control-M/Change Manager has arrived to shorten development cycles from requirements gathering to production testing. It has been a utility that monetizes the development of Jobs meshes.
  • The GUI is capable of efficiently handling more than 80,000 jobs per day. This is certainly a challenge in designing a good user experience. I don't know if there is a reasonable limit to this. One of my clients runs more than 80,000 Jobs daily and the GUI remains smooth all the time.
  • Job-As-Code is a DevOps accelerator that has just begun to be adopted. Its implementation will make workload management even more cost-effective.
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Cons
Automation Anywhere
  • Automation Anywhere doesn't come with easy installation, We need to install Java, IDEs and Databases in an orderly fashion which we are not able to do.
  • Automation Anywhere has no workflow design which is not making us to understand the process.
  • Automation Anywhere has no fit to size object cloning.
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BMC Software Inc.
  • As with most of the mainframe software products, documentation seems to be the weak link for the products - written by people and for people who already know what they need to do, not for people who are trying to figure how to use the product.
  • We are a large JES3 mainframe shop. As with all vendors who still provide software for mainframe systems, software is generally designed and developed for JES2 and is frequently not fully tested in a JES3 environment before being shipped out.
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Likelihood to Renew
Automation Anywhere
To continue enjoying the benefits of our productivity improvements and efficiency focus.
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BMC Software Inc.
It is a great product plain and simple. We've had Control-M for 20+ years and the support that BMC Software provides is really second to none. There is always a situation that someone can think of where I have to say, "No we can't do that", however I'm confident that we've been able to meet and most of the time exceed our end user expectations with what the product can offer them.
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Usability
Automation Anywhere
On more complex use cases, Automation Anywhere requires technical background like knowledge on network protocols and database language on task creation, and even people with technical background might have some trouble in the beginning because of the product particularities on how variable manipulation works, or how to get the object cloning (a more resilient screen manipulation command) to work as intended. The scheduling of tasks on the Control Room and the autologin feature isn't intuitive as they should, so much of this works requires documentation analysis to get it done on the first time.
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BMC Software Inc.
It's not perfect, but there's a lot to like about Control-M. What can sometimes be confusing is the difference between different menus in Control-M. Sometimes, you can clearly see that different parts were designed and added by separate development groups. This leads to similar functions and visuals looking a little different in menus, etc.
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Reliability and Availability
Automation Anywhere
No answers on this topic
BMC Software Inc.
We've had issues with a server crashing. The latest issue has the option for high availability which should help with that.
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Performance
Automation Anywhere
No answers on this topic
BMC Software Inc.
I've never seen a performance issue with Control-M.
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Support Rating
Automation Anywhere
Automation Anywhere is a great tool for a low cost, fairly easily scalable, and quickly learned. The company is growing by leaps and bounds and continually pushing the automation boundaries. The problem with fast expansion is that sometimes you can grow more quickly than you can appropriately support your products. While Automation Anywhere has an excellent support structure in place, every company and situation is different, and they often struggle with why problems arise in the system and how to fix them.
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BMC Software Inc.
Although the product is very stable there have been a few incidents when I needed support. I have worked with technicians from all around the globe because of the rolling support. This gives me the quickest support when I need it most in those early hours of the morning. The technicians I have worked with have been very knowledgeable and if necessary got help when needed.
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Online Training
Automation Anywhere
Perfect training from the online academy the software offers it for free
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BMC Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Automation Anywhere
Nothing in particular
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BMC Software Inc.
It is a good approach to define a distributed architecture when you have multiple control-m servers.
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Alternatives Considered
Automation Anywhere
Automation anywhere scores well with respect to other solutions when we look at bot implementation, bot management, and basic automation. From a security perspective as well, AA fares well as compared to other solutions. UIpath is better suited when we operate using VPN systems and integrating with homegrown solutions.
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BMC Software Inc.
Since IBM Workload Automation isn't compatible with all of our project's operating systems, we've decided to switch to using Control-C instead. Second, the provider provides top-notch customer service in the event of an emergency. Control-M is a lightweight program that places few demands on the server's resources.
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Scalability
Automation Anywhere
Highly reliable once you start experiencing the results. It helps you to have a clear cut results with better productivity numbers and financial savings
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BMC Software Inc.
Control-M doesn't really use that many resources
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Return on Investment
Automation Anywhere
  • Customer satisfaction has increased. They are pleased with faster development and execution.
  • Cost internally for our company is heavy and the client doesn't bear the full cost for it.
  • We didn't need to train our staff a lot for this. Just a week of overview was enough to get started.
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BMC Software Inc.
  • In terms of ROI, Control-M pays for itself within 12 months of purchase, sometimes sooner. Pointing this out to your fellow product qwners will not make you popular.
  • By automating repetitive tasks you free staff from these mundane and error-prone roles and allow them to be more productive. An example would be using the AFT module for file transfers. File transfer scripts tend to be in-house scripts that need maintaining. Using the AFT removes most of this overhead and allows for easy problem resolution.
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